Experimental Study of Mobile Base Station Related Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation
|Behavior Cognition Disorders||Device: UMTS mobile basestation radiation||Phase 4|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Experimental Study of Mobile Base Station Related Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation in Healthy Adults and Adolescents|
- Trail Making B (time in seconds)
- Reaction Time (RTI), complex reaction and movement time: time (in seconds);
- Rapid Visual Information Processing (RVP), RVP A': score (between 0 and 1);
- Paired Associated Learning (PAL), PAL Stages completed: (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
|Study Start Date:||February 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2006|
EMF-exposure has been related to reported symptoms of sleep-disorders, headaches, nervousness, fatigue, and concentration difficulties. This study intends to focus on these symptoms related to the UMTS control signal.
The purpose of this study is to investigate the possible annoyance from very low intensity electromagnetic radiation, as it exists from modern antenna masts supporting mobile communication. Also we try to get a better understanding of the specific parts of the signal leading to symptoms. This investigation tries to clarify the risk for both adults and adolescents, other susceptibility factors, and whether the radiation changes cognitive functions. The above mentioned complaints have been related to psychological distress and somatization, and EMF-related complaints have been reported more by individuals with higher somatization tendency. In the present study, we therefore propose to control for symptoms of somatization and personality traits thought to influence perception and reporting of symptoms.
In this study a signal level of 1 volt/meter (2.6 mW/m2) will be used. This level should correspond to the level, experienced by the general public living rather near a base station antenna. The antenna arrangement will produce an approximation to a plane wave, so that the intensity is constant (within 2 dB) over the volume occupied by the subjects. The subjects are required to sit close to a computer screen and keyboard, which will modify the distribution slightly. The climatic chamber used for the study is modified with absorbing lining to dampen reflections from the walls. The chamber is also modified to make it a screened room to prevent external RF fields, and to some extent low frequency fields, to enter the chamber. Except for cables to the keyboard and screen there will be no other electromagnetic radiators in the chamber. The four different exposure types used, are Sham exposure (no radiation from the antennas), a UMTS signal (typical base station signal, 2140 MHz), a CW (continuous wave) of 2140 MHz. and a Wideband W-CDMA signal, f=2140 MHz, modulated with a random data sequence at a chip rate of 3.8 MHz, corresponding to a pure UMTS modulation signal, without the control signals.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00138905
|Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Aarhus, Vennelyst Boulevard 6. Build. 260.|
|Aarhus C, Denmark, 8000|
|Study Director:||Jørgen B. Andersen, Prof.||Aalborg University|